Bjorkqvist's Two Goals Lead Providence Past Merrimack, 5-2
Sophomore forward Kasper Björkqvist posts two goals for Friars

Sophomore forward Kasper Björkqvist scored two goals for the Friars
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:31  PRV1-0 EV DP Brandon Duhaime (4)Tommy Davis/6
1st 16:20  MER1-1 PP Jared Kolquist (4)Sami Tavernier/6, Brett Seney/13
1st 19:37  MER2-1 EV Ludvig Larsson (6)Cole McBride/4, Derek Petti/4
2nd 15:48  PRV2-2 EV Brian Pinho (9)Hayden Hawkey/1
2nd 18:35  PRV3-2 EV GW Kasper Björkqvist (8)Jacob Bryson/15, Brian Pinho/11
3rd 10:51  PRV4-2 EV Erik Foley (12)Vincent Desharnais/5, Brandon Duhaime/11
3rd 18:25  PRV5-2 EV EN Kasper Björkqvist (9)Brian Pinho/12, Greg Printz/3
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  2002
Providence  1225
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  54312
Providence  1010727
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (6-11-4)  1/5 7/14 0
Providence (14-7-1)  0/7 5/10 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Craig Pantano (L, 6-6-2)58:554 98522
Empty Net1:051     
Providence Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Hayden Hawkey (W, 14-7-0)60:002 34310

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kasper Björkqvist notched two goals and Brian Pinho tallied three points as the No. 11 Providence College men's hockey team surged past Merrimack, 5-2, on Saturday night at Schneider Arena.


No. 11 Providence - 5 | Merrimack - 2


Providence - 14-7-1 (7-4-1 HEA) | Merrimack - 6-11-4 (3-7-2 HEA)


Schneider Arena - Providence, R.I.


Hayden Hawkey (PC) - 10 saves
Craig Pantano (MC) - 22 saves


- Brandon Duhaime got the Friars off and running at 7:31 of the first on a highlight-reel end-to-end rush as he split the Merrimack defense, drew a penalty, and chipped a shot over the glove of Pantano for his fourth goal of the season.

- The Warriors responded with a pair of goals late in the first period as Jared Kolquist and Ludvig Larsson gave Merrimack a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.

- Providence limited the Warriors' chances throughout the game and finally knotted things up at 15:48 of the second period on Brian Pinho's ninth tally of the season. Hayden Hawkey's home-run pass sent Pinho in alone on a breakaway, it was the goaltender's second career assist.

- Erik Foley gave the Friars some insurance as he buried a rebound at the top of the crease for his team-leading 12th marker of the season. Foley now leads the Hockey East with 15 points in league play (8-7-15).

- Björkqvist notched his second-career multi-goal game with an empty-net goal to seal things at 5-2 with 1:35 to play. The sophomore now has two game-winning goals in his last three games.

- Providence currently rides a season-high four-game winning streak.

- The Friars have surrendered just three goals in four games in the second half of the season, out-scoring opponents by an 18-3 margin over that span.

- Greg Printz extended his career-long point streak to four games with an assist on Björkqvist's second goal of the night at 18:25 of the third period. (2-2-4).

- Duhaime currently rides a career-long four-game point streak (1-5-6) and has recorded two points in each of his last two contests.

- Pinho has registered eight points (3-5-8) in four games since the start of the second half.

- The Friars concluded the season series with Merrimack at 2-0-1.

- The streak of consecutive penalties killed ended at 17 on Kolquist's goal in the first period. The Friars closed the game with three consecutive kills.


1-0 (PC) - 7:31/1st - DP - Brandon Duhaime (Davis) - Duhaime split the Merrimack defense and snapped a shot over the glove of Pantano.

1-1 (MC) - 16:20/1st - PP - Jared Kolquist (Tavernier, Seney) - Picked up a loose puck and fired a shot over the blocker of Hawkey through a screen.

2-1 (MC) - 19:37/1st - EV - Ludvig Larsson (McBride, Petti) - Centering feed from McBride to Larsson at the near post.

2-2 (PC) - 15:48/2nd - EV - Brian Pinho (Hawkey) - Stretch pass from Hawkey to Pinho on a breakaway and he beat Pantano glove side.

3-2 (PC) - 18:35/2nd - EV - Kasper Björkqvist (Bryson, Pinho) - Bryson found Björkqvist streaking down the left wing and sent a wrist shot through the five-hole of Pantano.

4-2 (PC) - 10:51/3rd - EV - Erik Foley (Desharnais, Duhaime) - Rebound off a point shot from Desharnais right at the top of the crease.

5-2 (PC) - 18:25/3rd - EN - Kasper Björkqvist (Pinho, Printz) - Empty-net goal off an odd-man rush.


Goals: Björkqvist (2)
Assists: Pinho (2)
Points: Pinho (3)
Shots: Duhaime, Mirageas (4)


Providence - 0/7
Merrimack - 1/5


Providence - 27
Merrimack - 12


The Friars hit the road up in Boston for a pair of road games next weekend against Boston College (Jan. 12) and Boston University (Jan. 13).